9.15pm Newcastle Tips & Betting Preview 12/09/2017

A Class 6 event to finish Tuesday’s racing over the minimum five furlong trip. Our expert tip and runner by runner preview for the Newcastle finale are below.

IN SUMMARY: CANFORD BAY might not be the most obvious one on the bare form, but he has shown plenty of speed in recent outings on the turf at Beverley before not getting home up the hill. A high draw is often beneficial over this trip so, on a flat track with his dam a winner on the sand, he looks like an intriguing player. Boogie Babe has progressed well since going handicapping, she has a chance if it were the handicaps rather than the switch to turf that improved her. Seebring will need a strong pace to run at, but he showed his best form this season when he dropped to this trip last time out and may do better yet.

1 IMPERIAL LEGEND – Regressing quicker than the handicapper can drop him this season, but the cheekpieces are back on having been missing the last twice. He ran respectably a couple of times at a higher level when trying Tapeta last year so would have a chance if able to repeat those efforts, but he is tough to support for now until he shows a little more.

2 TEA EL TEE – Shown little in four attempts on artificial surfaces (yet to try Tapeta), he hit form this summer on the softest ground that he has encountered. He needs a little more back on the sand if he is going to be adding to his Yarmouth success here, would appeal more back on soft turf next time out.

3 PEARL NOIR – An infrequent winner on sand, just a 4/54 record on artificial surfaces. Only one of his top ten All-Weather career efforts have come on Tapeta, the other nine all came on Polytrack so he is better served by that surface. He was placed here – the only time he has tried this track from this mark – but he was still more than two lengths adrift of the winner so needs a little more to get involved.

4 BOOGIE BABE – Beat just three horses home on Tapeta when running in maidens, she has been placed in both handicaps on turf, stepping forward about 20 pounds. She is still unexposed and the improvement may have been more to do with running in handicaps rather than the surface, but it still remains a slight question mark until she proves otherwise.

5 GROUNDWORKER – Picked up a similar handicap from a four pound higher mark over this course and distance last November. He has struggled in the main since until a close fourth from this mark last time out. If he can reproduce a similar level of form once more, he is well enough treated to play a major role.

6 CANFORD BAY – Has run just a single decent race from five career starts, appearing to go backwards since he has gone handicapping. He has struggled to get home up the hill at Beverley both times over this trip, so the flatter course should suit him better. This is his Tapeta debut, but his dam won her only race on the sand so he is interesting at a big each way price.

7 SEEBRING – Has been tried over as far as a mile and a quarter this season, but ran his best race when stepped down to five furlongs last time out. That was in maiden company so this step back into a handicap should allow him to build on that improved effort. He would probably prefer an extra furlong, but this isn’t the strongest handicap so he has an each way chance.

8 LOTARA – Sole career success came over this course and distance this time last year. That was her career best, struggling since to get anywhere close to that level of form. She has a first-time visor fitted, replacing cheekpieces which may just give her something a little different to think about. Her form here from higher marks is enough to give her a shout if the new headgear has a positive effect.

9 LUV U ALWAYS – 13 race maiden has shown the best of her form on the sand. She was runner-up over this course and distance last December from this mark which would give her claims, but she has run poorly the twice she has worn cheekpieces and their fitting once more is off-putting.

10 SURAAT – Shown little in three maidens, the best of which came over seven furlongs at Kempton. She is unexposed and should be capable of making more of an impression now that she is sent handicapping. She has shown speed over further before fading, so perhaps this drop to the minimum trip is what she requires to show her first form.

11 YOUNG TIGER – Yet to finish closer than third in 12 career starts. One of those third place finishes came over this course and distance so there is a little hope for supporters, however he is horribly inconsistent. He gets a hood fitted for the first time now, but that is going to have to make a significant impact if he is to have a say at the business end.

12 EQUIPE – Has shown next to nothing in her six career starts so far. She gets a first-time hood which will need to produce a career best by a stone if she is to get involved.

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